Ontario Communities’ Strategy Session: Stop the Cuts to Community Start-Up Benefits Dec.14, 2012

This video presents “John Clarke of OCAP Speech in Sudbury.mov”:

  • The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in Canada is calling for a week of action from December 7 – December 14, 2012 to put pressure on Liberal MPPs throughout the Province to reverse the decision to eliminate the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)
  • Published on Nov 22, 2012
    • A discussion on the implications of the cut to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit along with further plans by the coalition against poverty to fight the cut

According to the November 2012 report “The Real Cost of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit: A Health Equity Impact Assessment,”

  • “In its 2012 budget, the Ontario government announced that it was eliminating the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)  as of January 1, 2013
    • As of January 1, 2013, the CSUMB will end and 50 percent of its funding ($67 million in 2013-20142) will be passed to municipalities as part of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), the first phase of a multi-year consolidation of housing programs

    • Municipalities will determine how their provincial funds will be spent, but will not be required to produce housing and homelessness plans until 2014, ­ a full year after taking responsibility for CHPI that was created in July 2012 by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing under the province’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

      • The Ministry will eventually consolidate twenty housing and homelessness programs currently administered in different ministries

      • Supports provided with CHPI funding will be available to all low income Ontarians, including but not limited to those on social assistance3

      • It is not yet known how municipalities will decide to run their local housing and homelessness programs

      • As part of the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, municipalities must produce local housing and homelessness plans in order to address housing needs in their communities, but these plans are not required until 2014

      • The province has not set any requirement for municipalities to deliver programs that cover the expenses that were eligible for the CSUMB, nor have they made public the terms under which municipalities will deliver consolidated homelessness prevention programs

Public Meetings on Ontario’s Proposal to Protect Urban River Valleys & Glenorchy Lands Dec.11, 13 & 18, 2012

This video presents “Celebrating 5 Years of Ontario’s Greenbelt”:

  • On February 28th, 2010 Ontario’s Greenbelt turned 5: 2005-2010!

Ontario's Green Belt Map
Ontario’s Green Belt Map

Ontario’s Greenbelt in Canada:

  • extends 325 kilometers from Rice Lake in Northumberland County to the Niagara River
  • is the world’s largest, permanently protected green space preserving prime farmland, communities, forests, wetlands, watersheds and even places to play
    • The Greenbelt includes the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Niagara Escarpment and land known as “Protected Countryside”

    • It’s a world-leading law that protects 1.8 million acres (720,000 hectares) of prime farmland and green spaces around the Greater Golden Horseshoe

    • It gives us clean water, healthy local food and $2.6 billion per year in ecological services

    • Over 90% of Ontarians agree that the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions to the future of our province, and 93% strongly support it

  • protects environmentally sensitive land and farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area from urban development
    • The Greenbelt Plan and Greenbelt boundary were established under the Greenbelt Act, 2005

    • Greenbelt Plan identifies where major urban growth cannot take place

    • The Growth Plan focuses growth where it makes sense to revitalize our urban areas, away from environmentally sensitive and prime agricultural areas

  • supports a wide range of recreational, tourism and cultural opportunities

Presently, Ontario wants to expand the Greenbelt to protect more green space across the province.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing an amendment to the Greenbelt Plan under the Greenbelt Act, 2005 that would:

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